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ESPN's Rob Parker Catching Heat For Comments On Robert Griffin III
Published December 13, 2012
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said he does not “judge someone’s blackness” based on whether he wears braids in his hair or the race of his fiancée, which was discussed earlier in the segment. ESPN’s Cari Champion said to Parker, “You can’t take a bit of his comments here and there and put them all together and assert he is distancing himself from being African-American” (“First Take,” ESPN2, 12/13).
KCSP-AM's Robert Ford wrote on his Twitter feed, "Stuff like Rob Parker's take on RGIII really irritate me. The idea that someone has to prove his/her blackness is absurd and myopic." MSNBC's Jamil Smith: "The notion that anyone can serve as an arbiter of someone's blackness really needs to go away." CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman tweeted, "Whoa. Maybe we should go back to Tebow stuff again."